Jerusalem has experienced an extraordinary faith journey this Easter. The narrow streets of the old city were filled by throngs of Catholic pilgrims from around the globe gathered for Easter, along with thousands of Orthodox, who were celebrating Palm Sunday. (Orthodox Easter falls on April 11 this year).
    Thus, after the triple procession, led by the Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah, at the end of the solemn Easter Mass, another procession began, this one with olive branches in the hands of the faithful, led by the Greek and Armenian Orthodox Patriarchs and Coptic and Syrian Orthodox Archbishops. The songs and prayers of all the rites echoed in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. A few of the celebrations overlapped, but they all exalted the name of God.
    In his homily, Patriarch Sabbah echoed the reading of the Acts of the Apostles, saying, "We too are witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus in his land. Furthermore, this is the meaning of our daily life in the Holy Land."
    "Today we find ourselves with many difficulties," he continued, "both from the lack of peace and from the coexistence of Moslems and Christians in Bethlehem and Nazareth, difficulties caused by a minority. The majority remain faithful to the long tradition of brotherhood and understanding."

6/04/99 10:17:10 / Zenit


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